Do you want to change your domain name? There will be times where you need to reconsider about your domain name. It’s a fact that there are many people who have chosen their first domain name in hurry and only to find out later that it is not doing well in search engine.

So if you are thinking of same, then it is nothing to worry it actually it has becomes quite common nowadays. Of course, a lot of domain name changes that have been done are coupled with a lot of problems but with care, those problems can be overcome.

Changing Domain Name And Impact On SEO

The process can be very time-consuming and the chance of encountering a mistake is quite high if you are not sure what you are doing. However, every problem usually has a possible solution.

One simplest way is done via the application of the mod_rewrite and a .htaccess file.

You should do a 301 move permanently redirect from the old domain to the new domain – which is easy and has more advantages then other techniques such as:

Users and search engine crawlers will automatically be redirected to the new domain – you don’t have to inform them.

Since all the search engines, crawlers will be redirected to the new domain – and all related information will be moved to the new domain (but this might take some time).

Google’s PageRank will be transferred to the new domain, also other internal information that is being used to set the position of pages in the search engine result pages. Hence there won’t be any loss to the existing traffic and will have no impact on SEO ranking.

Example 1 – Redirect from olddomain.com to www.newdomain.com

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !newdomain.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.newdomain.com/$1 [L,R=301]

Example 2 – Redirect from olddomain.com to newdomain.com

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !newdomain.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://newdomain.com/$1 [L,R=301]

Please Note: Before changing your existing .htaccess file you need to backup the file first, or else you will bring down the whole site.